family papers

4 May 2015

Primary Source Analysis Tool

The Primary Source Analysis Tool is a creation of the Library of Congress that can help your genealogy research.

LC’s Primary Source Analysis Tool was originally designed to help teachers enliven history for their students using historical documents. The exercises built into the Primary Source Analysis Tool can also be helpful for genealogy research, encouraging you to look at family primary source photos or documents with a fresh perspective.

For genealogical purposes, it helps to use the Primary Source Analysis Tool on your family primary sources with other genealogist friends or groups. Or you can think of yourself as both the teacher and the student as you work through the questions.

The Library of Congress exercise is as follows:

Using Primary Sources

Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by […]

1 May 2015

SOS Save Our Stuff 2015

SOS Save Our Stuff 2015

The American Library Association is now promoting SOS Save Our Stuff 2015. Each year during national Preservation Week in the United States, ALA reaches out to family historians and cultural organizations with helpful resources for preserving archives and family records. Here are the links for SOS Save Our Stuff 2015:

Preservation Facts

Shocking facts that illustrate the need for national preservation awareness.

More Preservation Facts

More facts that discusses how items become damaged and simple steps to keep items safe.

Resources for Military Families

Information for the specific challenges that come with documenting and preserving a military career.

Preserving Your Memories

Organized by material type, these websites, books, and other sources give useful information on caring for any kind of collection.

Disaster Recovery

Information for before and after a disaster has damaged precious collections.

24 Jan 2015

Winter 2015 Sale for Genealogy Archival Supplies

The Hollinger Metal Edge Winter 2015 Sale for Genealogy Archival Supplies is on now and ends 31 January 2015. Get 20 percent off of 2014 prices for all archival supplies at Hollinger Metal Edge, where professional archivists shop. This isn’t an advertised sale, so use the following code to get this discount.

Use Code: 2015 for your order to get the discount prices for the Winter 2015 Sale for Genealogy Archival Supplies.

I am dismayed when genealogists tell me they buy acid-free supplies for their priceless family papers at discount or office supply stores, home parties, or other outlets that aren’t in the preservation business. That isn’t where libraries or archives shop and neither should you. Archivists swear by Hollinger, the leader in this field since 1945. If they say it’s acid-free, you can count on it.

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1 May 2014

MayDay Genealogy Data

MayDay 2014 Genealogy Data Sassy Jane GenealogyToday’s post is MayDay Genealogy Data, to mark MayDay 2014, an annual national preservation day sponsored by professionals from archives, libraries, museums, historic preservation, and historical societies. On this date each year, these professions review their emergency preparedness plans, and help individuals with emergency preparedness for personal data and papers.

So let’s take a leaf from the Society of American Archivists and take time during MayDay 2014 to think about preserving our family history data.

At home, too often our emergency planning takes second place to more pressing demands. (I’m going to assume that everyone has already ensured their personal safety so that we can focus on data. But if you need to improve your personal safety measures, visit 72hours.org.)

A starting place for your data and papers:

  1. Are you backing up your data locally?
  2. If you are, could you grab that hard […]